Back around Christmas of 2017 we stumbled upon some videos of Justin Johnson (Tennessee, USA) playing some of his signature series "roots" instruments. These are instruments modeled after the original guitars made by poor folks back in the day when they wanted something to play and couldn't afford much. Justin has a line of 3 and 4 string Cigar Box Guitars as well as his extremely popular "shovel guitars" and "Diddly Bows" (1 sting instruments with amazing sound quality).
All of these instruments intrigued us, but none more so that his 3 string Cigar Box Guitars. So ... we ordered one.
Each guitar is made to order and includes a custom designed, hand wound, pickup from Austria. NikKi at Justin Johnson Music informs us, "Justin actually hand-builds each guitar himself in between recording sessions and tour dates, then personally tests each one out and autographs them before shipping from here in Nashville." And there are a bunch of videos on YouTube of him playing and testing these guitars, as well as some samples from his recording sessions, to prove it.
Here is video of us opening ours:
Here is video of Justin test playing this same guitar before shipping it to us:
We could not be happier with the guitar. If this is your thing, we give this a BUY Recommendation (5 Smiles)
(COMING SOON - Our review of the Justin Johnson Instructional Package that teaches you how to play one of these guitars.)
To check out Justins's CDs (our personal favorites are Drivin' It Down and Turquoise Trail, but they are all great) as well as his guitars and other gear, visit www.justinjohnsonlive.com/store.html